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PhotoMagician – a great Tool becomes even Greater

Posted by Thomas On November - 1 - 2010

I have earlier told you about PhotoMagician, the program that let you convert pictures “at the drop of a hat”. Now this great tool has become even greater.

One-Click Conversion to Device and Output Format

As before you can predefine  custom settings to suit your needs, but now PhotoMagician also comes with preset settings for the most common devices out there. But the most interesting new functionality is Format to Format Settings.

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Panopreter Basic Converts Text to MP3/WAV Audio Files

Posted by Rich On October - 28 - 2010
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PROS: Creates MP3 and WAV files of your documents in very little time. Uses Windows’ built in speech tools so installation is minimal.

CONS: Adds a “Created by Panopreter” sound clip at the beginning of each audio file.

VERDICT: If you have some document files that you’d like to listen to while on the road or you wish you could have your school papers read to you so you can make sure everything is there etc., you may find Panopreter Basic useful.

PRICE: Free

VERSION REVIEWED: 3.0.9.

DOWNLOAD: Panopreter Basic

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I stumbled upon this neat trick a little while ago and thought it would be a good share for the rest of you “Media Junkies” out there.  While we do have to wait a little over a week to get Google TV here in the states, which will combine over-the-air broadcast TV from your set-top box and videos you can access over the net, this little fix brings that to you now if you’re running Windows Media Center. It combines the beauty and ease of use from Windows Media Center with the vast amounts of content available on Hulu.

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HTC home Gadget

Posted by Thomas On September - 15 - 2010

The HTC Phone has a weather clock application which drizzles, shines and shows clouds depending on your current location. The application stays on the home screen of the phone.

The same application is now available for Windows 7.  Combining a clock, date and weather service, all in one application. What makes this stand out from all the other gadgets it that  the HTC Home Gadget makes heavy use of animations making your entire desktop into a professional weather and news (upcoming widget support) station.

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You might remember our review of WinXDvd Ripper back in May this year. The developers of WinXDvd Ripper kindly gave away some 30 licenses for our readers.  This time I want to tell you about WinXdvd Rippers bigger brother the WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. If you have invested big money in the latest HD ready equipment, it would be a shame to miss out on the great quality when you convert your backup your Blu-Rays or DVDs. That’s where WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe comes in handy.

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Windows Media Center – Adding a TV Series

Posted by Deck Hazen On August - 10 - 2010

Got a “love-hate” relationship with your TV?  Love the shows, but hate the commercials? Viewing your favorite TV Series on DVD is an excellent way to watch TV.  Dropping those DVD’s down to your hard drive makes the experience close to perfect.

There are several ways to get  TV shows on to your PC – the most popular is probably downloading the shows from a bit.torrent site – another way is to buy the series on DVD and then make a backup copy (where this can be done legally of course) on your hard drive.

Many current TV series are available on iTunes, and even YouTube is getting into the act.  Here in New Zealand our national broadcasting networks (we have two!) started “On Demand” services a year ago and a clever user might find a way record the material fed by their streaming media.

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